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LightSail 2 captures stunning photos of Earth from space - Space.com

February 21, 2020 10:46 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

An image of the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden taken by a camera on LightSail 2 on Jan. 19, 2020. (Image: © The Planetary Society)

LightSail 2 has been orbiting Earth for eight months now, and it has captured some stunning shots of our home planet during that time.

The Planetary Society built the spacecraft, which launched in June 2019 on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, to prove the potential of solar sailing. Rather than relying on conventional fuel, LightSail 2 uses a massive sail to catch photons (light particles) from the sun to power the spacecraft's orbit. The goal is for LightSail 2 to remain in orbit for about a year.

Read the full story by Meghan Bartels on Space.com

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